With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, you must be feeling the holiday mood already. Christmas is undoubtedly a time for rejoicing. Unfortunately, it’s often too easy to go overboard with sweets and festive foods which leads to extra cm-s when the New Year rings in. Enjoying big feasts, snacking on seasonal treats like chocolates, cakes and cookies, and little to no workout time contribute to the increase in dieters in January. With the additional stresses and challenges at this time of the year, there are many ways to find balance, maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid the holiday weight gain.
Moderation is the key! You don’t have to skip the festivities. You can enjoy all the season’s traditional foods, you just need to have them in moderation.
Here are some tips:
- Plan ahead! Before The Christmas Holiday sneaks up on you, create a plan for incorporating fitness and good nutrition into your daily routine. Don’t be too extreme though! Be realistic so it’s easier for you to stick to the plan.
- Don’t be tempted by others. Prepare your own afternoon snack, such as rice crackers, diet yoghurt, fruits, nuts. Have them ready to eat in individual bags so you can reach them easily.
- Don’t put your fitness goals on hold until the New Year. Try to maintain your daily exercise routine, and don’t give yourself an excuse that you don’t have time. It’s still better to exercise half the normal duration than eliminate it altogether.
- When attending a holiday function, don’t starve yourself. Eat a normal meal (breakfast, lunch, snack) beforehand, so that you don’t overeat at the function.
- At dinner, have a side salad instead of fries, onion rings, or garlic bread.
- Lastly, focus on socialising. The great thing about Christmas and New Year is spending the time with friends and family. Spend the majority of time catching up with everyone.
I hope that those tips are useful 🙂
Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! Kala Christouyenna! Buone Feste Natalizie!